In My Father’s Footsteps

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Freddie McGregor – A 50-year veteran of the music industry, McGregor is a singer, musician and producer. He began his career at seven years old as a member of The Clarendonians, alongside Ernest Wilson and Peter Austin in 1963. He has released 36 albums over the course of his career, which has spawned such hits as Push Comes to Shove, Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely, I Was Born a WinnerStop Loving You, All In the Same Boat, Africa, Bangarang and more. McGregor has also covered a number of early reggae classics. His 2002 album Anything for You was nominated for a Grammy. His most recent album, Di Captain, was released in 2012. He received a an Order of Distinction (OD) from the Jamaican government in 2003 and a Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies in 2013 for his contribution to the music industry.

    • Stephen ‘Di Genius’ – Stephen enjoyed his first taste of fame at five years old when his song School Done Rule, about importance of staying in school, enjoyed airplay both locally and overseas in 1995. However, he turned his attention to producing soon after, working in the small home studio his father had built as the base for his own record label, Big Ship. Stephen learned to play the drums, guitars, keyboards, bass and violin by imitating songs he heard on the radio. He began producing at age 12 and has been in charge of the studio since then, creating ‘riddims’ for a number of local stars including Elephant Man, Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Sean Paul and his older brother Chino. He has also written and produced for international artistes Matisyahu, Ne-Yo, Nelly Furtado and Estelle.
    • Chino – Born Daniel, the elder McGregor son said his first ‘big’ performance was for former Prime Minister PJ Patterson at age 12. He later worked as a a selector for the sound system Omega Disco while in high school, before heading to the US, where he worked with Slip N Slide Records – home to hip hop artistes such as Trina and Trick Daddy. Returning to Jamaica, he began his career as a rapper under the moniker ‘Cappuccino,’ recording the hit Leggo Di Bwoy with Kiprich. He released his first album Unstoppable in 2008, which contained hits like Girls Dem Straight and Red Bull and Guinness. His second album, Chino came in 2011, with hits such as Never Change, Ruff It Up and Protected.